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Photographer Moyra Davey Receives Career Achievement Award

Toronto, December 3, 2015 - Moyra Davey is the 2015 recipient of the $20,000 Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of art photography.

Moyra Davey  (Photo by Jason Simon)

Moyra Davey is an internationally recognized Canadian visual artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary photography. Over the past three decades, Davey has built an extraordinary and increasingly influential body of work composed of photographs, writings, and video.

Davey’s photographs of familiar objects – coins, kitchen shelves, stacks of books – document the traces of day-to-day life and encourage viewers to contemplate small details that are often overlooked.

Davey’s work has been exhibited extensively in both group and solo exhibitions, including most recently  Reconstructions, Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection at the Metropolitan

Museum of Art, New York.  
Important exemplars of Davey’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Davey currently lives in and works in New York City and is represented by Murray Guy gallery in Chelsea, New York and Greengrassi in London, England.

The jury members stated that, “Moyra Davey’s thoughtful, poetic practice with its attention to scale and tracing analogue time is an important meditation on the relationship between photography and the everyday.  More than a depiction, she implicates the audience in her work.”  

The Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by the late Norman Walford, former Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, and the late Paul de Hueck, former CBC television production manager.  The Ontario Arts Council is responsible for the nomination and selection process.  The award was selected by a jury comprised of Kim Simon, curator (Toronto), LarryTowell, photographer and 2011 laureate (Bothwell), and Andrew Wright, photographer and educator (Ottawa).

Previous award winners include Jeff Wall, Raymonde April and Larry Towell.


For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2014-2015, the OAF paid over $2.8 million in endowment income and $275,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2014-2015 the  OAC funded 1,709 individual artists and 1,078 organizations in 204 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.

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